The Worst Show of 2016 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Luke Cage: Easily the lesser of Marvel Studios offerings this year, but still leagues above most other superhero TV offerings. A bafflingly awful final villain and odd peaks and troughs throughout keeps the otherwise lovable Mike Colter out the medal table. Awesome soundtrack, though!
Bojack Horseman: It’s a shame to call this the shows weakest series, but compared to its two superior brothers, series three doesn’t make the same impact, save for the ‘Fish Out of Water’ episode and excellent series finale. However, it is still the hilarious yet poignant show it’s been shown to be over the past few years. Here’s the hope that a series 4 can out-do all we’ve seen so far.
The Best Shows of 2016
3 - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
2 - Stranger Things
1 - Daredevil Series 2
The Worst Game of 2016 - No Man's Sky
Pokemon Go: It is hard deny that this game took the world by storm. It’s also hard to deny that it’s a buggy, broken mess. However, I spent the absolute most time playing Pokemon Go this year than I did any other game. It changed my life in so many different ways and it would be amiss not to mention its importance. And I’m still playing as well. Just need that goddamn Hitmonchan and I’m on my way to Pokedex completion!
Doom: Big guns, big explosions, big monsters and fast and fluid gameplay make this the best single player shooter I played this year. Despite the lack of great multiplayer experiences, Doom knew what it wanted to be from the start: a throwback to the glory days of the 3D shooter. And in it’s brutal and bloody campaign, glory is exactly what it achieved.
The Best Games of 2016
3 - The Jackbox Party Pack 3
2 - TitanFall 2
1 - Pokemon Sun and Moon
The Worst Album of 2016: Bloc Party - HYMNS
Watsky - X Infinity: I’ve described Watsky as rap for people who don’t like rap, and he continues his legacy with this release. Whilst not as strong as All You Can Do, this album sees Watsky’s style evolve further by having more time to perform alone. If I had to criticise, the album seemingly confines the personal growth to the somewhat operatic construct Lovely Thing, which I would have preferred to see stretched into the rest of the album. However, the strengths of the tracks more than make up for that, with particular favourites of mine being Talking To Myself, Little Slice and Don’t Be Nice. Overall darker than All You Can Do, this effort stretches into the unknown and ends with a sudden darkness. Really quite gripping.
Ninja Sex Party - Under The Covers: In lieu of a ‘proper’ album released by the comedy duo in 2016, this covers album is a welcome change of pace and instrumentation for Dan Avidan and Brian Wecht. The selection of songs is a wonderful throwback to meaningful pop music, performed impeccably by the pair and their backing band TWRP. Not nearly enough dick jokes for my taste, but a damn good flexing of the musical muscles from a duo I never realised I had so much artistic respect for.
The Best Albums of 2016
3: Biffy Clyro - Ellipsis
2: Royal Republic - Weekend Man
1: Panic! At The Disco - Death Of A Bachelor
And there we have it. Nobody is arguing that 2016 was a dumpster fire of a year, but there was a lot of genuinely good things to distract us from the horrors of the world outside entertainment. This is the stuff that made the year not all that bad for me. The hope for 2017 is to surpass it in every way, but all things considered, there’s some strong competition.